I moved to the Premier League for £13.5m and now I’ve been released by Ligue 1 after being relegated.


Everton worked hard to sign Oumar Niasse on deadline day … now he is without a club after being relegated from Morecambe.

The 33-year-old was released after the Shrimpers were relegated from League One on dramatic final day in the division.

Oumar Niasse has not had a good time at Everton

Niasse only joined Morecambe in March, and manager Derek Adams is hopeful of a goal source.

And the man who worked under “Real Madrid” coach Carlo Ancelotti was happy.

“It’s great to be here and join the club,” he said at the signing. “When I spoke to the manager and the staff, it was clear that there was a solidarity and unity that I wanted to be a part of.

“I see it’s a challenge ahead of us, but it’s something I enjoy and look forward to and I want to help this club achieve its goal of staying in Ligue 1.”

But it hasn’t worked out for the former Senegal international, who has played for six British clubs since joining Everton in 2016.

The striker has scored just once in 10 appearances, though that goal came in a 3-2 win over Lincoln in the final match of the season.

I moved to the Premier League for £13.5m and now I've been released by Ligue 1 after being relegated.
Niasse scored once for Morecambe

However, Niasse only made the bench on the final day against Exeter in a 3-2 defeat thanks to an emotional hat-trick from Jay Stansfield.

The former Everton star came off the bench but it was too late as Morecambe suffered their first relegation in their 103-year history.

Niasse, who only signed a short-term contract until the end of the season, has announced that his contract will not be renewed and that he is looking for a new club.

Adams said: “Firstly, I would like to thank all the players for their contribution to the campaign and for the effort, commitment and dedication they have shown to the club.

I moved to the Premier League for £13.5m and now I've been released by Ligue 1 after being relegated.
Niasse was signed by Everton in 2016

“It’s very difficult for the players who are leaving because some of them have been with me for a long time.

“Ryan Cooney, Liam Gibson and Cole Stockton were part of our play-off winning team and they leave with all the best wishes for me and the football club.

“Thanks also to the other departures who will always be proud to have played for Morecambe FC in League One.

“These players have given their all for the club and created memorable moments for Morecambe.”

It has been quite a downfall for Niasse, who first arrived in England for Everton from Lokomotiv Moscow in a £13.5m deal.

I moved to the Premier League for £13.5m and now I've been released by Ligue 1 after being relegated.
Niasse joined Hull on loan from Everton
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Then-manager Roberto Martinez pushed forward until the deadline, finally getting his man before the window closed.

But it didn’t work out for the Wackham native, who failed to get on the scoresheet in seven appearances for the Ifs that season.

After Martinez was sacked and replaced by Ronald Koeman, Dutch legend Niasse said he was not in his plans, saying: “If Niasse likes playing football, he should leave Everton.”

When he failed to start, Niasse was demoted to the Under-23s and had his record removed before joining Hull on loan with an option to buy in January 2017.

I moved to the Premier League for £13.5m and now I've been released by Ligue 1 after being relegated.
Niasse briefly moved to Burton but it didn’t work out

However, the Senegalese forward was out of form at Humberside too, scoring five goals in 19 games before the Tigers were relegated and rejected a buyout option.

Another loan move to Cardiff followed, and he failed to score in 13 appearances before being released by Everton in 2020.

After a year without a club, Niasse made a surprise appearance at Huddersfield, signing a short-term contract in March 2021 before leaving this summer and waiting another year to join Burton with similar results.

Morecambe are the third club to follow the style and if Niasse continues his trend, it could be another year before the traveling striker is seen again.


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